Illinois signs up for car-sharing program

October 27, 2011

The Associated Press

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are announcing a plan to use hybrid and other fuel-efficient automobiles from a car-sharing company to save gasoline and reduce emissions in conducting state business.

The Department of Central Management Services said Wednesday it will use car-sharing services from Zipcar Inc. Employees in the Chicago metropolitan area and Springfield will have 24-hour access to Zipcar automobiles.

CMS acting Director Malcolm Weems says such "alternative transportation" is an important part of the state's efforts to reduce costs, improve efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

Zipcar will provide 500 vehicles located across Chicago and provide four in Springfield. The state only pays for the time the car is actually reserved.

Officials say Zipcar was chosen through a competitive bidding process.